This page has links to posts and information about the public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s fracking plans for the Fylde area of Lancashire, which was held in Blackpool between Tuesday 9 February 2016 and Wednesday 16 March 2016. 

Quick background

The inquiry  considered four planning appeals by Cuadrilla.

The appeals are against Lancashire County Council’s refusal of applications to drill and frack up to eight wells across sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. The company is also appealing against the refusal of seismic monitoring plans at Preston New Road and conditions imposed on a similar scheme at Roseacre Wood.

What happens next?

The inquiry has now closed. The recommendations on the four appeals  by the inspector, Wendy McKay,  was delivered to the Communities and Local Government Secretary by the deadline of 4 July 2016. The Planning Inspectorate said the final decision, made by the Secretary of State, would be published on or before Thursday 6 October 2016. More details here

Posts from the inquiry

Click for links to all the posts from the inquiry

Who’s who

Inquiry inspector: Wendy McKay

Programme officer: Yvonne Parker

Cuadrilla’s barrister: Nathalie Lieven QC

Lancashire County Council’s barrister: Alan Evans

Friends of the Earth’s barrister: Estelle Dehon

Newton with Clifton Parish Council representative: Cllr Peter Collins

North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce representative: Peter Whitehead

Preston New Road Action Group barrister: Ashley Bowes will call two or three witnesses on planning, landscape and noise.

Roseacre Awareness Group and Roseacre and Wharles Parish Council barrister: Robin Green

Westby with Plumpton Parish Council: Cllrs J Brickles and James Taylor

More information

The inquiry was held at Blackpool Football Club Conference Centre, Bloomfield Road, Seasiders Way, Blackpool FY1 6JJ

Core documents for the inquiry can be accessed here

Proofs of evidence can be accessed here

An inquiry programme  available here

Updates from Lancashire County Council

Support for DrillOrDrop

DrillOrDrop’s reporting of the inquiry is part of our Rig Watch project. Rig Watch receives funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. More details here